USA Tours

USA Tours

Whether you want to explore around town or across the country, JOY knows you have passion to learn about various destinations and meet fellow travelers who want to have fun, too. Speak with your JOY travel consultant regarding current travel specials.

Below are some featured travel opportunities to consider. JOY Tour & Travel looks forward to answering any questions and recommending additional travel experiences that will delight you.

 

Tour Activity Levels: Activity Level is indicated for each tour.
Relaxed – Activities at your pace and leisure.
Easy – Minimal walking required.
Moderate – Attractions require 1-2 hours of walking and/or standing at a time.
High – Extremely active tour engagements (such as 2+ hours of hiking or walking on unpaved/uneven ground, etc).

 

 

Festival of Lights at Oglebay

December 4 – 5, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $369*  CALL FOR AVAILABILITY
Journey east for a fun-filled holiday celebration at the Oglebay Resort’s Festival of Lights.  Explore the Carriage House Glass Museum, the Mansion Museum, and Winter Fantasy at the Good Zoo.  Enjoy a guided tour through the magnificent Festival of Lights. This magical “Winter Wonderland” is one of the nation’s largest light shows covering more than three hundred acres over a six-mile drive throughout Oglebay Park and features 89 lighted attractions boasting more than one million lights. You will leave filled with the Holiday Spirit and Yuletide Cheer!
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 1 night accommodation, 3 meals (1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner), all admissions & touring as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

December 8 – 10, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $419*
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is a player’s paradise where you can experience Certified Hot™ gaming action and Four Diamond luxury. Enjoy the fitness center, spa center, or the free form swimming pool, as well as the 24/7 casino.  Casino features a wide variety of games, thousands of slot machines and a smoke-free Poker Room that is open around the clock.  On day 2, head into nearby Frankenmuth for a tour, lunch at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and shopping at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.
Tour Includes: Motor coach transportation, 2 night’s accommodations, 1 lunch, $40 dining card ($20 dinner per person per night), $60 in gaming credit, taxes on hotel, driver gratuity, luggage handling and JOY Tour Director.

 

 

A Legendary Christmas in Tennessee

December 12 – 15, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $1089*  CALL FOR AVAILABILITY
Stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel decorated for the holidays in the sparkling brilliance of nearly two million lights. Enjoy the many decorations and Holiday Events throughout the hotel including the Opryland Christmas Dinner Show starring country superstar, Tracy Adkins. Savor a 3-course Luncheon and guided tour at historic Belle Meade Plantation. Sing along with Vince Gill & Amy Grant at their annual Christmas at the Ryman concert! Find some last minute gifts and holiday decorations while shopping at the Market Square Holiday Market in Knoxville and the Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge.  Marvel at the Holiday Extravaganza that is “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”!  Take in the wonder that is Winterfest, with brilliant light displays throughout Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville on a riding Light Tour.
Tour Includes: Motor coach transportation, 3 night’s accommodations (2 at Opryland, 1 in Pigeon Forge), 7 meals (3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners), all shows, attractions and touring as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Myrtle Beach

April 19 – 26, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $1129*
Beautiful sandy beaches, first-class live entertainment, exciting attractions, exquisite dining, plus so much more — Myrtle Beach is where you belong!  Stay at the beautiful Sea Watch Resort located right on the beach in North Myrtle Beach. Discover the amazing ecosystem of the marshes aboard the Saltwater Marsh Explorer.  Taking the picturesque coastline of the Intracoastal Waterway on the Island Time Dinner Cruise. Take in a fun-filled show at the Carolina Opry.  There will be optional excursions to the Brookgreen Gardens and the Duplin Winery. You will have plenty of free time to enjoy the beach, the resort amenities and to venture out to Myrtle Beach staples such as Barefoot Landing, the Grand Strand, any of the many golf courses, and so much more!
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation from Cincinnati, 7 Night’s Accommodations (2 enroute, 5 in Myrtle Beach), 13 meals (7 breakfasts and 6 dinners), all touring and attractions as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions and accommodations, luggage handling at Sea Watch Resort and a professional Tour Director.

 

 

Savannah and Charleston in the Spring

April 25-May 2, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $1929*
Enjoy the blooms and sunshine exploring the Historic District of Savannah, Low Country and Charleston.  Take a guided City Tour in both Savannah & Charleston.  Tour the Savannah History Museum and Old Fort Jackson.  Take in a performance at the Savannah Theatre.  Enjoy the scenery on a sightseeing tour through Low Country and Tybee Island.  Learn about the local dolphins and other marsh wildlife on a Dolphin Discovery Cruise on Tybee Island.  Learn about the history and take in the grandeur of Middleton Place and Magnolia Gardens on guided tours.  Relax aboard the Spirit of Carolina as you take in the beautiful sunset during a luxury Dinner Cruise.  Special stop at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, too.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 7 nights hotel accommodations (2 enroute), 13 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners), all sightseeing and touring as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Saints & Arches in St. Louis

May 13-15, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $569*
Travel with JOY to the “Gateway to the West”.  Ride to the top of the Gateway Arch for a breathtaking view of the city.  Stay at Our Lady of the Snows and explore 2 historic churches, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and St. Joseph Cathedral.  Enjoy a scenic and informative lunch cruise along the Mississippi River on the Gateway Arch Riverboat.  Visit the awe-inspiring Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, the location of the greatest and largest prehistoric city between 800-1400 A.D.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 2 night’s accommodations, 5 meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners), all sightseeing and touring as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, accommodation & attractions, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Lake County, IL – Anything But Ordinary

May 27-30, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $799*
Due to popular demand we brought back the 2019 Mystery Tour itinerary!
Discover a destination filled with unique treasures.  Enjoy dinner and a Tram Tour at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Long Grove Confectionery and the Jelly Belly Factory.  Explore a private collection of automatic music instruments, the world’s largest restored theatre pipe organ (a Mighty Wurlitzer), a fully restored traveling Carousel and so much more at the Sanfilippo Estate, known as the “Place de la Musique”!  Uncover forgotten treasures at the Volo Auto Museum & Antique Village, the home of the largest collection of TV & Movie cars.  Meet and learn about the history of the graceful Tempel Lipizzans (the dancing horses).
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 3 nights accommodations, 6 meals (3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners), all touring and attractions as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions and accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Pacific Coast Adventure

June 3-12, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $3389*
From Seattle to San Francisco, journey down the scenic coastline along the Pacific Ocean.  Explore Seattle, the “Emerald City”, including the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and a cruise across Puget Sound to Tillicum Village.  In Tacoma, visit the Museum of Glass and then journey to Mt. St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument before arriving in Portland, the “City of Roses”.  View the beauty of the famous Portland Rose Gardens and the Portland Japanese Garden.  Experience the Festival of Roses! Take in the majestic views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, Willamette Valley and along the scenic Oregon Coast.  Visit the Oregon Aquarium and Oceanographic Museum in Newport.  The Redwood National Park will take your breath away.  Travel through Eureka, CA and California’s Wine Country with a stop at a winery in Sonoma.  Cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco to stay right in Union Square.  Tour the highlights of the “gateway to the Orient” such as Golden Gate Park, the Civic Center, the Presidio, Chinatown and much more!
Tour Includes: 9 Night’s Accommodations, Motor Coach transportation while on the West Coast, 15 meals (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners), all sightseeing, touring, attractions and admissions as listed, taxes and gratuities for included meals, luggage handling and a professional tour director.
*Note: Airfare NOT included.

 

 

Coach & Cruise to New England & Canada

June 5-14, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Relaxed
from $2299*
Travel by Motor Coach to/from Manhattan Cruise Port in New York City, stopping for one night’s rest each way. In New York, check in and relax aboard the Norwegian Pearl as you set sail up the Northeastern Coastline for Canada and New England.  Ports of Call in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint Johns, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, ME; Portland, ME; and Newport, RI. Choose to stay in an Interior, Oceanview or Balcony cabin.
Cruise/Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation to/from Cruise Port, 2 nights hotel in route, 7 night cruise, 2 breakfasts in route + all cruise meals (excluding specialty restaurants), $75 onboard credit per cabin, Govt/Port Fees & Taxes, luggage handling, and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Celebration Belle River Cruise

July 13-16, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $899*
Depart for a wonderful experience as your motor coach whisks you away for an excursion adventure on the Mississippi River. Try your luck at a hand of poker once you have check into the Isle Hotel and Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa. Relax and enjoy your all-day cruise to Dubuque Iowa through 2 lock and dams while listening to the narratives from the captain of the Celebration Belle. Admire one of the five finest Religious Tiffany collections of stained glass windows during your visit to St. Lukes. Savor a tour and tasting at the Stone Cliff Winery. Enjoy an afternoon on the Mississippi during a lunch and live entertainment Celebration Belle cruise.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, Mississippi River Day Cruise & Luncheon Cruise, 3 Night’s Accommodations, 8 meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners), all touring and attractions as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions and accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Newport Mansions & Cape Cod Islands

September 12 – 18, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $2089*
Fly into Providence RI to start this fabulous tour. You will be touring The Breakers and Elms Mansions as well as the Newport Vineyards. After a tour of Providence and behind the scenes at Scialo Bakery, stop at New Bedford for a visit to the Whaling Museum. Head to Hyannis where you will spend 4 nights at your hotel with a harbor view. Your tour includes a high speed ferry to and a tour of the stunning island of Nantucket, a ferry ride and tour of the storybook island of Martha’s Vineyard and a tour of Cape Cod out to Provincetown. Touring in Hyannis includes Kennedy Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the St. Francis Xavier Church. You will travel the scenic Route 6A, driving through colonial villages filled with wonderful examples of New England architecture and a drive through the Cape Cod National Seashore area with time in Provincetown, where you will you’re your choice of a Whale watching cruise or a Dune tour.
Tour Includes: Airport transfers and motor coach transportation, 6 night’s accommodations, 10 meals, tours and sightseeing as mentioned, ferries to both islands, whale watching or dune tour, luggage handling and a professional tour director.
*Note: Airfare NOT included.

 

 

A Sweet Time in Lancaster & Hershey, PA

September 14-17, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $859*
Visit Pennsylvania Amish Country and the sweetest place in the U.S.  Take a riding tour of Hershey, PA, “Chocolate Town”, and learn about the humble beginnings of its founder Milton Hershey.  Stop at Hotel Hershey and enjoy the many delights of Chocolate World!  Experience the culture of the Pennsylvania Amish in Lancaster, PA.  Take a guided tour of the Amish Farmlands, enjoy dinner in an Amish home, shop handmade Amish goods and more.  Marvel at the talent at the American Music Theatre’s show, “Britain’s Best” and Sight & Sound Theater’s production of “Queen Esther”.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 3 nights hotel accommodations, 6 meals (3 breakfasts & 3 dinners), all sightseeing and touring as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Historic Blennerhassett Island

September 24-26, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $689*
Stay in the magnificent Blennerhassett Hotel that was built in 1889. Enjoy the beautiful relics and art from the Ohio Valley at the Blennerhassett Museum, including Indian artifacts from 9000 B.C., oil paintings, glassware and more. Enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Smoot Theatre. Take a steam wheeler boat ride over to Blennerhassett Island to tour the amazing Blennerhassett Mansion, one of the largest homes in the United States! Tour the island by horse-drawn carriage with a local guide and learn about its vast history.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 2 Night’s Accommodations, 5 meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners), all attractions and touring as listed, luggage handling, taxes and gratuities for included meals, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Red Cliffs Adventure by Rail

October 3-10, 2020
Guaranteed Departure
Tour Activity Level: High
land only from $2399*
Ride the rails to experience the beauty of Moab, Utah at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge! Take a daylight ride on Amtrak from Denver to Grand Junction Colorado viewing awesome scenery. Motor coach to beautiful Moab for a 4 night stay at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge. You will tour Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park by jet boat. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add a 2 hour Hummer tour of the famous slick rock or go horseback riding. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Capitol Reef before you travel scenic Highway 12 through Escalante National Monument. The day ends up at Bryce Canyon for a rim walk. Enjoy a day trip to Zion National Park with a local guide. Travel to Salt Lake City for a city tour before your flight home.
Tour Includes: 1 night accommodations in Denver, Amtrak transportation from Denver to Grand Junction Colorado in coach seating, 4 night’s accommodations at Red Cliffs Lodge, 2 night’s accommodations at Bryce Canyon, 13 meals (6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners), all included attractions, taxes and gratuities on included meals, step-on guide in Utah, transfers in Colorado and Utah to Salt Lake City and a JOY Tour Director.
*Note: Airfare NOT included.

 

 

West Virginia Fall Foliage by Train

October 21 – 24, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $829*
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern urban society, Elkins is a quaint town located at in the heart of West Virginia’s Mountain Highlands. Discover timeless beauty and vivid fall foliage on 2 train excursions through the scenic mountain wilderness of the Appalachians as you ride the rails on the New Tygart Flyer and the Durbin Rocket. Enjoy a toe tappin’ good time with 2 music shows at the Gandy Dancer Theatre.  Dine at historic Graceland Mansion and visit the Allegheny Glass Factory.  Uncover 100,000 years of history at the Stirrup Gallery.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 3 Night’s Accommodations, 7 meals (3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners), all tours and attractions as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, accommodations and attractions, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Christmas Celebrations at Amish Acres

November 19 – 20, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $299*
Journey north to Nappanee, IN for a 2-day holiday celebration in Indiana Amish Country.  Tour the Amish Acres 1874 Homestead house and farm, take a wagon ride, decorate Christmas Cookies, enjoy a live performance of “Elf the Musical” at the Round Barn Theatre built in 1811, tour the Amish countryside with a local guide and fill up on traditional Amish fare at the Restaurant barn and Thresher’s.  There will also be time for shopping in Downtown Nappanee and Coppes Commons.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 1 night accommodation, 3 meals (1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner), all attractions and tours listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.